Winner of the 2016/2017 Womens World Series, New Zealand won five out of six tournaments on the tour. This is the fourth World Series title New Zealand has won since the beginning of the Women’s World Series in 2012. The only tournament New Zealand didn’t win was the Sydney Sevens, where they came away with the Bronze. After finishing so close to Gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the Kiwis were more determined than ever to secure the world number one spot. With the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2018, as well as the 2017/2018 season of the World Series, all eyes will be on the Black Ferns to see if they remain on top.
New Zealand’s name in Maori is Aotearoa, which means ‘land of the long white cloud’.
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Named in the Dream Team for the 2016/2017 World Series and also nominated as the DHL Impact Player of the Season, Michaela Blyde is the closest thing to unstoppable. At 21 years old Blyde is one of the youngest players in the New Zealand squad, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming their highest point and try scorer, racking up a massive 40 tries in the 2016/2017 season.
World Series ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: